We are receiving some comments about the addition of the Mexican states to the 10 Meter Contest. While many people have said they look forward to the chance to work new multipliers while learning Mexican geography, others have administrative questions or simply don’t want change.
The ARRL Board’s Programs and Services Committee was looking for a way to enhance the expanding goodwill between Hams in Mexico and the US, and provide an additional spark to a contest that has been suffering the most from a lack of sunspots. The 10 Meter Contest is widely viewed as an event that has strong appeal to contesting newcomers and has a focus on North America — especially during solar cycle minimums — and was deemed a perfect choice for expanding ARRL’s contest program to include Mexico.
Mexico’s FMRE and the Grupo DXXE are excited to take a new role in the ARRL 10 Meter contest. Activity levels from Mexico in all contests is on a fast increase, and having a popular contest incorporate Mexico in a new way will be sure to spur even more activity. Less than two days after the announcement was made, efforts are already underway within Mexico to canvas active hams in each state to ensure a strong presence in the contest.
ARRL HQ staff will continue to work with logging program authors and its contest adjudicators to be ready for the 2010 running of the 10 Meter contest.